Thoughts on Scripture: Song of Praise and Prayer for Jerusalem

Psalm 121 is a song of confidence in God’s providential care and is titled in the NRSV Study Bible, “Song of Praise and Prayer for Jerusalem.” In our times of worry and crisis, Psalm 121 is a good place to start. It begins, “I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” The Psalmist points to the very place we can find help in our times of trial. Who better to seek out then the Lord our God the one who created the heavens and the earth and who as the Psalm states “does not slumber nor sleep.” We all face trials and tribulations in our lives. Some people are more than willing to go it alone and try to work through their issues and sometimes that may work. I would suggest that turning to God for support and help helps us grow in faith and by allowing God to take on our issues we then have the great helper and redeemer on our side. God does not abandon us but walks with us and the Psalmist says, “The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, not the moon by night.” God is on duty 24/7 and it is God who will “keep us from all evil; he will keep your life.” So when the trials of life seem to pull you down, turn to the Lord and seek his guidance and help. A simple prayer may just be praying Psalm 121.

God’s peace be with you,

— Pastor Kerns